Robert Nkemdiche played 36 snaps in Sunday's loss but it was enough to remind everyone why he was a first-round pick. He dominated up front recording six tackles and two assists with two and a half sacks. There has been little doubt of his ability from the start but Nkemdiche has struggled to stay on the field due to constant injury issues. If he can stay healthy, this is a player with the potential to become one of the league's best interior linemen.
Bene Benwikere has gone from the bench, to starter in a major role, to the street in three short weeks. Arizona signed Quinten Rollins and Dontae Johnson Tuesday as they continue the search for a starting corner opposite Patrick Peterson. What is basically comes down to is a series of live auditions as they search for players that could stick and possibly contribute next season as well. Leonard Johnson took on a bigger role against the Chargers and should be the flavor of the week versus Green Bay. This is a good matchup for corners and anyone lining up opposite Peterson is going to have plenty of opportunities. Roll Johnson out as a starting corner this week if you are in need but we should not count on him beyond that.
Josh Bynes landed on IR with a thumb injury this week. He was replaced by Gerald Hodges early on Sunday with Hodges going on to put up a strong stat line of 7-3-0. Many managers are scrambling to add Hodges this week as the waiver wire gets thin. It is hard to argue the addition of Hodges but the thought of putting him in the lineup in a must-win week for many managers is unsettling at the very least. History clearly shows Hodges is not an NFL starter. History also shows the Cardinals will play a guy one week and cut him the next. Hodges roster spot is safe but there is no guarantee how much he will see the field this week. Starting Haason Reddick would be a more safe option. He had eight combined tackles and assists versus Los Angeles and has been a three-down player for seven straight games.
The Falcons have been teasing us with the possible return of Deion Jones for the last couple weeks. Last Saturday, Coach Quinn told us Jones would not play Week 12, but Quinn was hopeful to have him for Week 13. If Jones is not a go, managers should not hesitate to plug in Foye Oluokun who has been solid in relief. Since Lamar Jackson has taken over the Ravens are a different team. In the games Jackson has started Bengals backup Hardy Nickerson went 8-3-0 followed by Tahir Whitehead with his best game of the season at 8-6-0 with a pass defended.
Damontae Kazee has not exceeded three solo tackles in a game since moving to free safety in Week 5, but big-play production has kept him relevant for IDP managers. This week's matchup with Baltimore could bring the tackle numbers back as four opposing safeties have recorded at least seven solo stops against the Ravens in their last three games.
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